BUMPASS, VA—The Louisa County Health Department is warning residents after a stray dog tested positive for rabies.
The rabies-positive dog was found late Tuesday night on Dusty Road in Bumpass.
The dog, described as a husky mix, red and white in color with a white stripe down its chest, weighed about 20 pounds and was approximately eight or nine months old.
The Louisa County Health Department is asking anyone who may have come into contact with the animal within the last month to contact its district office immediately at (434) 972-6219. Additionally, if any animals came into contact with the dog, their owners are asked to call.
Rabies is a fatal disease and is most often through a bite.
If a person is exposed to the rabies virus, he or she should receive rabies preventive treatment, known as “PEP”, as soon as possible. The sooner PEP is started, the more likely the person will be protected from developing rabies disease.
For more information on rabies, visit the Virginia Department of Health's website at www.vdh.virginia.gov/epidemiology/DEE/Rabies or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's website at www.cdc.gov/rabies.
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